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Crippled Souls

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Crippled Souls
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Release Date: 2013
Label: Novokkane Records
Genre: Doom, Punk, Stoner
1. Contagious
2. Plastic Doesn't Feel Pain
4. Hollywood Princess Doe
5. Paradise Lost
6. Possessed Redux
7. Ritual Murder
8. Witch Doctor
9. Guerrilla Tactics
10. Crossed Fingers
11. Mesmera's Gaze Redux
12. Imperial Horror
13. Tyrant Mutations

Review by JD on February 20, 2014.

The Sixth Chamber. A band that has popped on to my radar, from out of nowhere and made me really intrigued to dive in and see what makes this Los Angeles band tick. Combining the heavier end of the whole 70’ psychedelic movement, song writing heavily influenced by Rush, with some Pink Floyd-esque metal and then mixed with some thundering doom metal. You get something that is quite obviously very unique.

Sounding like Wolfmother (only better, heavier and having an abundance of talent) LA’s The Sixth Chamber explodes out at you with venom and passion. Strong vocals, heavy yet ethereal riffs and captivating lyrics only start to describe the brilliance they have. With such a mixing of different styles, you might think I am off of my medicine if I said these guys have found the perfect way to meld it all together and create one of the finest albums in a long while.

From the hook laden heaviness of "Contagious" to the truly nasty power of "Tyrant Mutilation", they bring every weapon of their musical arsenal to bear and it all ends up creating a full on assault that is both retro-yet new. Only drawback I was finding hard to ignore was the recording of the album. It was done way too cleanly, a rougher and less polished sound would vault this band it to a class all by themselves.

This album was an amazing showing for The Sixth Chamber. They are on their way to bigger and better things. With a stronger recording that befits the feel (I think they were going for it), and time to mature – these LA musicians might be the G’N’R of the new millennium. After hearing Mr Axl’s disastrous attempt at an album, one can hope that The Sixth Chamber lives up to that.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9.5
Atmosphere: 9
Production: 8
Originality: 9
Overall: 9

Rating: 8.9 out of 10